Firstly, we need to know that HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and SSD (Solid State Drives) are of different mechanical structures, for example, an HDD reads and writes data on its rotating platter with a mechanical arm moving around, while an SSD works with a chip.
Secondly, from the different mechanical structures between HDDs and SSDs, we know that SSD has more advantages compared with HDD: ✦ Speed
An SSD reads and writes data up to 10 times quicker than an HDD. SSD-equipped PC boots quicker, starts and runs software faster, and transfers files faster. Whether you're using your computer for leisure, school, or work. And SSD won't have fragments, but an HDD disk needs to defragment regularly to keep the performance. ✦ Reliability
Because HDDs have moving elements that make them subject to crashes and damage from vibration, it is more likely to keep your data secure if you drop your laptop bag or your system shakes while it is functioning. ✦ Noise, Power, and Weight
SSDs are completely silent since they are mechanically inert. The SSD consumes no energy that is lost as friction or noise, making it more efficient. SSDs are available in 2.5-inch sizes, however, this is merely for ease in fitting into existing drive bays. M.2 SSDs are available in 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, and 120mm lengths.
SanDisk SSD is well-known and popular among customers, and upgrading your old hard drive to a SanDisk SSD is a good idea. To do so, you need a SanDisk SSD clone software to clone all contents of your HDD to the SanDisk SSD to avoid the annoyance of re-installing the operating system and applications, even the pain of losing any data.
How to: clone HHD to SanDisk SSD without losing data
To clone HDD to SanDisk SSD, we’d like to recommend you AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard for achieving the job. It's a free disk/partition manager for Windows users. "Clone Disk Wizard" can help you do a quick and safe clone from the source disk to the destination disk.
Before starting doing so, please make sure your SanDisk SSD is connected.
Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click "Clone" option and select “Clone Disk”.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, “Copy Disk Quickly” will copy only used space to save time and storage space, while the “Sector-by-Sector Clone” wizard will copy all sectors no matter it is used or not and will take more time and occupy more space on the target disk accordingly. Then, click “Next” to continue.
Step 3. Select your source disk and choose the SanDisk SSD as destination disk, and tick the box before “Optimize the performance of SSD” which will improve the performance of your SanDisk SSD. Click Next.
Step 4. You can edit your SanDisk SSD here. Resize the partition as you want by clicking the options.
Tip: The SanDisk SSD can be larger or smaller than your old drive as long as it is equal to or larger than the data size of your old drive.
Step 5.There is a note on how to boot your computer from the destination disk. After reading, click “Finish” to back to the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant, and don’t forget to click “Apply” to implement the operation.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a powerful cloning software for SanDisk SSD, which supports all Windows editions including Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 of both 32bit and 64bit. Also, you can use it to make bootable media, convert between NTFS and FAT32, and so on. If you want to clone system disk from MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR, please employ AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.